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New mural in Winnipeg pays tribute to Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey

The mural is located in Winnipeg, and features Snowbirds Capt. Jen Casey, Tommy Prince, Lester Brown and Megan Couto.
Image Credit: Jon Reyes
October 20, 2020 - 7:30 AM

A new military mural in Winnipeg pays homage to some Canadian heroes, including the Snowbirds public affairs officer who was killed in a plane crash in Kamloops in May.

The Snowbirds were set to fly from Kamloops to Comox as part of their goodwill tour, when one of the planes veered off course and crashed into a Brocklehurst neighbourhood on May 17.

Capt. Jennifer Casey, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was killed in the crash and Capt. Richard MacDougall, one of the team’s co-ordinators and pilot of the aircraft, was injured.

The mural is located in Winnipeg, and features Snowbirds Capt. Jen Casey, Tommy Prince, Lester Brown and Megan Couto.
The mural is located in Winnipeg, and features Snowbirds Capt. Jen Casey, Tommy Prince, Lester Brown and Megan Couto.
Image Credit: Jon Reyes

The mural, titled Canadian Hero, is located at the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans unit 283. It was painted on the building over the last several weeks by artists Mandy van Leeuwen and Franklin Fernando.

The mural was painted at ANAVETS 283 in Winnipeg by Mandy van Leeuwen & Franklin Fernando.
The mural was painted at ANAVETS 283 in Winnipeg by Mandy van Leeuwen & Franklin Fernando.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Mandy van Leeuwen

Capt. Casey is prominently featured at the centre, alongside decorated Indigenous soldier Tommy Prince to her right. To her left is Second World War veteran Lester Brown.

The mural features Snowbirds Capt. Jenn Casey, Tommy Prince, Lester Brown and Megan Couto.
The mural features Snowbirds Capt. Jenn Casey, Tommy Prince, Lester Brown and Megan Couto.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Mandy van Leeuwen
 

To Brown's left is Megan Couto, who is the only hero on the mural still alive today. According to CAF Snowbirds spokesperson Rebecca Major, Couto was one of the first female Infantry Captains to go overseas for the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace this summer.

READ MORE: Snowbirds give thanks for support; share image of items saved from Kamloops memorial


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